2021. September 16., Thursday
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Katalin Karikó Donated Personal Items to her Former Alma Mater, the University of Szeged

Katalin Karikó, alumna of the University of Szeged, donated her precious belongings related to her years in Szeged and to the university to the Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged (SZTE). Her Girl Scout whistle, her university degree and grade book, her biology notebooks and diplomas were among the wide range of relics that she gave to her alma mater's library. SZTE is honouring the world-famous researcher with a virtual exhibition.

The librarians welcomed the world-famous researcher, who donated her personal belongings to the university during her visit to Szeged, with a standing ovation. Colleagues of the Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged and the University Archives honoured the world-famous achievements in scientific research of her former student Katalin Karikó with a virtual exhibition.


"We have created an ever-expanding collection with the extensive cooperation of numerous members of the library and the archives," said Katalin Keveházi, Director-General of the Klebelsbelsberg Library of the University of Szeged, introducing the virtual exhibition to Katalin Karikó. The aim of the collection is to present the now world-famous scientist in a dignified and authentic way.

The virtual exhibition is divided into 11 thematic units, and it is available at the Klebelsberg Library's Gallery and Media Library’s page at this link.

The first five thematic units present the beginning of Katalin Karikó's career, her years at her alma mater in Szeged, the first period of her years of scientific research and also her previous research in the USA that led her to achieve success in the fight against COVID-19.

The following six chapters include video clips of interviews and discussions with Katalin Karikó, Hungarian and international press releases and the bibliography of her work.


The exhibition organizers highlighted the leading role of the University of Szeged and the Biological Research Centre of Szeged in microbiological and genetic research in the 1970s and 1980s. SZTE is proud to remember Katalin Karikó and her former professors. Katalin Karikó's mRNA-related research was triggered by a combination of all these, which brought her to the centre of scientific life during the pandemic. Thanks to Katalin Karikó’s decades of mRNA research and patents the world was finally able to get the first clinically licensed vaccine against COVID-19.


The special feature of this virtual exhibition is that Katalin Karikó's personal and academic documents can be seen by the general public.

SZTE Experience


Hamza Baniata – Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am Hamza Baniata, a first-year student at the Doctoral School of Computer Science, and I am From Jordan. SZTE is continuously supporting research and it has an internationally recognized, highly ranked group of professors. It also offers courses and research topics that are strongly related to my research field; Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Internet of Things. All of this motivated me to apply to the University/Department of Software Engineering. Szeged is a calm city, full of love and peace. The University of Szeged is similar to the city, which provides the perfect environment for creation and development. Studying at the university requires a high level of effort, commitment and seriousness. Applying to the university and having these characteristics are my two pieces of advice to prospective students. It is very early to define my future now, but I am planning to apply to a research position in my field after graduation and if I had the opportunity, I would love to contribute my effort and knowledge in advancing such a wonderful and respected university.

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.